Police want your help naming new puppies after NHS heroes

West Midlands Police's latest adorable police puppies have just been born. As a thank you to the life-saving carers, they want your help to name the ?NHS Heroes? litter.
West Midlands Police want help in naming a new litter of German Shepherds after NHS heroes (Picture: West Midlands Police)

A UK police force want help naming puppies after NHS heroes sacrificing their lives on the coronavirus frontline.

West Midlands Police’s dogs division welcomed a new litter of German Shepherds last month, when the country was put on lockdown. The four girls and three boys were born at the dog training centre in Balsall Common and are now four weeks old.

They are yet to be named, with officers asking members of the public for suggestions that show gratitude for NHS workers.

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West Midlands Police tweeted: ‘Our latest police puppies have just been born. As a thank you to our life-saving carers we want your help to name our “NHS Heroes” litter. ‘Reply with your suggestions. Come up with names that show the gratitude we all have for our #NHSheroes during #COVID19’. For all the latest news and updates on Coronavirus, click here .

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The force added that they were looking for names that ‘epitomise’ the NHS while making ‘great pup names’.

The best seven will be picked next week, a spokesperson said.

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To get the ball rolling, officers put forward some of their own suggestions, including Nightingale and Heart.
🐕 We want names that epitomise the NHS and make great pup names. We’ll pick the best 7 next week!Be as creative as you like. We’ve already come up with a couple to get the ball rolling.👉 Nightingale?👉 Heart?👉 QE?✠Vote your favourite names below by giving them a like— West Midlands Police – #StayHomeSaveLives (@WMPolice)
Several people called for one of the pups to be named after Captain Tom Moore – the 99-year-old veteran who has raised over £16 million for the NHS . It was also suggested that the pups be named after NHS staff who saved the life of a West Midlands officer who nearly died from the coronavirus.
Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby was in intensive care for 13 days after contracting the deadly disease. He pulled through and is now in hospital recovering.
epa08365894 99-year-old British veteran Captain Tom Moore reacts outside his house after completing the 100th length of his back garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, Britain, 16 April, 2020. Captain Tom Moore has raised over ??12 million for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and has received donations to his fundraising challenge from around the world. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
There were several calls for one of the police dogs to be names after Captain Tom Moore (Picture: EPA)
He tweeted:’Individual names of the amazing staff could include all sorts of exotic names, given the truly multi-national workforce they have here. PD WARDY, named after the wards here might be a good idea too.’ The Government says it had now identified 27 NHS staff who had died after contracting Covid-19, but the true total is thought to be far greater.

Don’t cheap out on training time. Make training fun and frequent. Keep training light and fun. Don’t get demanding with your dog. Instead, go with the flow. See what develops. Trust that if you do this long enough, you’re going to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Here are just some of the doctors, nurses and health care workers who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

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